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August 16, 1913

Glimpse of a Great Surgeon

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San Francisco.

JAMA. 1913;61(7):506. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350070060026

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To the Editor:  —In a recent number of The Journal (Sept. 7, 1912, p. 814), mention was made of the semicentennial celebration of the first ovariotomy performed in France by Dr. Koeberle of Strasburg, who is now living in retirement. The operation had been performed in England, Germany and America shortly before Dr. Koeberle undertook his. At that time the performance of such a daring thing as an abdominal operation was looked on as almost criminal.About six years ago I happened to be traveling between Heidelberg and Paris. When the train stopped at Strasburg, three people entered my compartment; a middle-aged, heavyset woman, accompanied by a gentleman who shortly after repaired to the smoker; and a very old gentleman wearing a long black coat and a high hat, from under which straggled a few locks of white hair. Looking over the top of my book, which was, nevertheless, quite

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